The rate of divorce among parents of children with disabilities is extraordinarily high. Matters relating to child support, custody, and special education decision-making arise during a divorce proceeding which can affect children with special needs. In particular, issues related to child support and eligibility for government benefits are often unaddressed. Our office will work with parents and their divorce attorneys to discuss child support, government benefits, and other related factors. Attorney Sandy has unique and extensive experience providing legal guidance and representation for families with special needs in the Nassau and Queens County, NY as well as the surrounding areas.
Many disabled adults rely on public programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In order to qualify for these benefits, individuals must fall below a certain income level. Child support payments from a parent may be counted toward their income and disqualify them from receiving the benefits they rely on. However, it is possible to have child support payments ordered by a judge into a Supplemental Needs Trust, which prevents the money from being counted as income and disqualifying the disabled individual from SSI.
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